Rajini Kanth visiting Thoothukudi on Wednesday
Rajini Kanth visiting Thoothukudi on Wednesday

Not contesting, nor supporting anyone, says Rajani

S Murari

Film star Rajani Kanth announced on Sunday that he will neither contest in the coming Lok Sabha elections nor support any party.

In a statement, he said his priority was the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. He also said no one should use his name or his fan club which has converted into Makkal Mandram.

However, he said the number one problem in Tamil Nadu was the water scarcity and asked his fans to support whichever party they thought would tackle effectively.

Rajani,who has been dithering on entering politics and has time again said his priority is films, reluctantly agreed to enter politics under pressure from the BJP thanks to his closeness to senior leaders like Advani and Thuglak late editor Cho S Ramaswamy.

He said last December that he would convert his fan club into a political party. In the last six months, he has released four months, some of which bombed at the box office after he supported the-police stand on firing on Sterlite protestors in Thoothukudi.

His rival in films Kamal Hassan has already entered into politics by launching the party Makkal Needhi Maiyam. His popularitywill be tested in the Lok Sabha elections, if he contests.